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Staff Profile: Satyanarayana Kakollu

Title: Developer

Education: M.S., Computational Engineering, Mississippi State University 2003; B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Madras 1999

How long have you worked at Flow Science? 2.3 years as an employee, but I have been working on FLOW-3D since 2003.

Why do you like working at Flow Science? ;Speeding is allowed.

What is the most important thing you have learned from Flow Science customers? They taught me which of my assumptions about the code design are wrong, and which ones are right.

Satyanarayana Kakollu, FLOW-3D/MP developer
Satya takes a break from computing to pose for the camera.

What are you working on right now? Performance optimization and load balancing.

In layman's terms, how would you describe MPI development? It can be compared to team work. Just like we communicate with emails to collaborate in our work, the computers use MPI to work together. Since the computers are not intelligent like us, I tell them what to communicate, when to communicate, and make sure they do more work and less email. Sometimes they can do something else while waiting for an email.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents. By not trying to influence me, they made me independent and confident.

How has your life changed since becoming a father? I appreciate my parents, and all parents in general, especially the moms.

What do you do in your spare time (when you're not at Flow Science?) Movies, the stock market, computers, fluid dynamics, catching up with old friends, and my family keep me busy.

What are you reading right now? Following the elections in the news. I am also studying the intricacies of database design.

You recently traveled to India to visit with your family. What struck you as having changed the most since you were last there? Everyone has gone digital, my old suppliers stopped selling slide film. The rapid development is also visible.

How would you describe yourself? Complicated and still evolving.

What helps you get out of bed each morning? Early to bed, early to rise. If that does not work, my wife tells me it is time.